Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Bio: During my virtual interview at Mizzou, I was drawn to the positive attitudes of the faculty and staff. When I arrived for fellowship, everyone was very helpful and supportive. For me this included learning how to navigate a new EMR (Cerner) and the hospital layout.
The fellowship interview highlighted a wide variety of clinical experiences. So far I have worked with faculty in outpatient, inpatient, hospice home and hospice nursing home visits. Each environment has helped me feel more comfortable discussing goals of care, prognosis and symptom management. Some of the patients we see in hospital are followed longitudinally from the hospital into the community either in palliative clinic or on hospice visits. This continuity of care is another aspect that has enhanced my overall learning.
Hospice and palliative medicine appeals to me because I feel that it is an essential part of my training. My goal is to be a well-rounded physician who can recognize the interface between disease-oriented treatment, palliative medicine and hospice. Developing this skill set will allow me to support to our specialists and patients during crucial moments of care.
I have lived in large cities (Los Angeles), small towns (Dothan Alabama), and everything in between. Columbia appealed to me because it has most of the amenities of a large city without being as crowded.